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Information for Parents

P.A.R.T.Y. is an injury-prevention program designed to educate adolescents on the consequences of alcohol and risk-related trauma. The aim is to reduce trauma injuries, disability and death in young people as this age group are grossly over represented in injury and trauma statistics. By learning about the consequences of risk-taking behaviour the program enables participants to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-orientated choices, and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk.

The program involves a full day excursion to a P.A.R.T.Y. Program Hospital site where participants meet with the health professionals and emergency services personnel (e.g. ambulance officers) involved in trauma. Participants follow the typical journey of a trauma patient as they visit the clinical areas involved in the management of trauma patients. Depending on the hospital site conducting P.A.R.T.Y., participants may visit the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Ward, Morgue and Allied health gyms. Participants can withdraw from attending any of the clinical rotations at any stage throughout the day.

The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in collaboration with the following hospitals delivers P.A.R.T.Y. throughout the school year. For more detailed information on the program day at your local hospital and to download parent and student consents please click on one of the hospital links below:

Frequently asked questions

A: The school will tell your child what they should wear however it is preferred that students wear their school uniform (unless your school does not have a uniform).  It is not a uniform free day as it is important for patient's, families and hospital staff to be able to identify each student as part of the school group. Girls, should wear a sports uniform instead of skirts as they may be the opportunity to participate in certain actives in the Allied Health gyms that may not be conducive to wearing a skirt. The temperature in the hospital environment can vary from cold to hot.  Please encourage your child to bear this in mind when dressing for the day.
A: The school will arrange transport for the students to and from the hospital.
A: Notify the school or the teacher who has been allocated as the P.A.R.T.Y. liaison.
A: Supervision remains the responsibility of the school at all times under the direction of the hospital staff.  At least one adult (teacher, school nurse, school staff member) per 10 students will be attending the excursion with the students to provide supervision and support during the day.  When the class is split into smaller groups, one adult from the school will stay with each group at all times.

At the hospital, the P.A.R.T.Y. Program Coordinator, clinical presenters and allied health professionals all play a role in ensuring your child's needs are met.  They have all the appropriate checks and clearances to ensure your child's safety and wellbeing.
A: All care has been taken to ensure that the program, whilst confronting, is physically and emotionally manageable by students of the age attending.  However, procedures are in place to care for any student who becomes overwhelmed during the day.  This includes the hospital's standard operating procedures for illness (including fainting or dizziness), or emotional trauma (panic attacks, feeling overwhelmed, becoming very upset, or just "having had enough"). A hospital nurse is also on-call to attend to your child immediately should they be required.
A: Yes - your child will need to bring their lunch (morning tea is provided). This will need to be something that does not require refrigeration or heating. Students should not bring their heavy school bags.
A: Yes - they will need to eat breakfast.  The program can be confronting and students who eat breakfast have been shown to be better prepared to deal with the program content.
Last updated: 11 December 2017

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